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    best $800 bike?

    Just learned my company will reimburse up to $800 for a bike, would greatly value any recommendations in this rough price range. This would be for road cycling, and I'm a beginner--20 miles is a long ride for me.

    It's a "use it or lose it" benefit for this year, so there's no reason not to spend the entire $800

    Thanks

    retsreg

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    First tell us what company this is and whether they're hiring, then we'll help you with the bike.

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    Those new Masi Caffe* bikes are quite nice and get good ratings. And the Raleigh Clubman just got a good review in bicycletimesmag.com

    http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/road/clubman/

    Both are close to your price-range.

    I'm sure a bunch of folks will arrive and toss out many others. These are the two I've read very good reviews of that are in the $$ ballpark.


    * - Seems the one's from last year had dropbars. Now they come with flat handlebars. Hunt around for old stock, maybe.

    1 - http://earlsbikes.com/itemdetails.cfm?libid=52734
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    Unless you are a roadie, Trek 7500. bk

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    The one at your LBS that you like after you ride several.
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    A Specialized Sequoia:
    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...=39270&eid=117

    It's an "endurance" road bike. That means it's still a road bike with curly handlebars (doesn't put you in a position like a kite into the wind on windy days like an upright handlebar bike can, and the curly bars are easier on your hands for longer rides) but it has a more upright riding position (so you aren't leaned far over) and more relaxed geometry (the handling is more stable).

    If you're more of a "Type A" personality who's always just like "go go go" I'd probably go with a more racey bike like a Specialized Allez, but I think for most beginner road bikers an "endurance" road bike is the option they'd be the happiest with.

    P.S. I agree with the previous poster, though - I'm making a "try out this bike" suggestion, but you should definitely test ride several and go with the one that you like the most. :-)

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    OK as Hexenmiester said whom do you work for and are they hiring?

    if my employer was going to give me $800 towards a bike my first choice would a Bianchi Pista or San Jose.

    but then again just go ride a few. it is real hard to find a "bad" bike these days especially at the price. do not get too hung up on this derailluer or that crank. just find one you like after trying a few.
    Bianchis '87 Sport SX, '90 Proto (2), '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '88 Trofeo SOLd, '86 Volpe, '89 Axis SOLD, '79 Mixte SOLD, '99 Mega Pro XL Ti SOLD, '97 Ti Megatube, , '90 something Vento 603,

    Others but still loved,; '80 RIGI, '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '86 Bertoni (sold), '09 Motobecane SS, '98 Hetchins M.O., '09 K2 Mainframe SOLD, '89 Trek 2000, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape

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